Marriage – the effect on your Will

Those that enter a marriage after making a Will are at risk of having their Will revoked, with assets left to pass through “intestacy rules.” It is important that you update your Will in these circumstances, to protect your wishes and assets.

Home ownership: Joint tenants v Tenants in common

“Joint tenants” and “tenants in common” are both terms that refer to how owners of a property hold the beneficial interest in it. The terms have different meanings for you and your family. Find out which best fits your circumstances.

Lifetime gifts and inheritance tax planning

With the new tax year a little under a month away now, it might be a good time to give some thought to inheritance tax planning. lifetime gifts are often overlooked, but can be an effective way of reducing the inheritance tax liability after death

What is a Lasting Power of Attorney? (LPA)

Cristina explains the role and responsibility of an LPA, what to consider and what could happen in the event that you haven't appointed one before losing mental capacity.

Your property and care home fees

There comes a time when property and care home fees become a very serious consideration, and it might seem complicated and confusing. It doesn't have to.

The importance of making a will

Making a will gives a person the opportunity to look after and benefit the people who they care for, a group which may or may not include blood relatives. Bharbhage Singh discusses why it is especially important for the LGBT community to make a will.

Time to make a will?

Most people are aware of the importance of a will, which sets out how an individual’s assets are to be distributed on their death. Still, many people have not yet signed a will nor updated their last will since a material change in circumstances.

“But we are common law husband and wife, so you are protected...”

Laura Clark comments on the recent case of Ms Joy Williams, which demonstrates that a common law husband or wife is not automatically afforded any legal entitlement on the death of their partner.

The recent case of Ilott v Mitson - is my will safe from challenge?

Laura Clark discusses the recent case of Ilott v Mitson and explains why careful consideration must be given when making your will.

Fraser Brown advises on changes to Intestacy Rules

The Inheritance and Trustees Powers Act 2014 (ITPA 2014) affects the way in which assets of those people who die without making a will are shared between their relatives. Joanne Buckley of Fraser Brown Solicitors explains this in more detail.

Fraser Brown provide advice for Later Life

The wills and probate department at Fraser Brown will be speaking at an upcoming ‘Later Life Matters’ event, which will focus on providing over 50’s with information and guidance related to all matters associated with growing older.

Could the wills industry be embracing technology

The wills industry could see quite a shake up over the coming years, if technology continues to develop and play a bigger role.

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